KUALA LUMPUR, July 17:
MCA has urged Malaysians to learn from the recent road rage incident and use the internet wisely by spreading racial, religious and social tolerance.
In a press statement issued today, its deputy publicity bureau chairman Marco Yap said the incident, which was recorded in a 2-minute 43-second video depicting a woman getting infuriated with an elderly Chinese man, revealed the power of the internet.
“After that incident, many netizens condemned the woman for her behaviour and had even made her information public to others.
“This shows the power of the Internet, and I urge netizens to be responsible with this tremendous amount of power,” he said, adding that if used responsibly, the Internet can be used for much good.
Yap added that the incident also showed the open-mindedness among Malaysians who overlooked the racial boundaries despite the woman, Siti Fairrah Asyikin Kamaruddin, or Kiki as she is known, casting a racial aspersion on 67-year-old Sim Siak Hong in the video clip.
“Seeing that the woman has already apologised, it is hoped that the issue is considered resolved and that society can allow her to atone for her mistakes.
“At the same time, we can learn from the elderly victim who had displayed tolerance and generosity in accepting her apology.”
Yap also hoped Malaysians could reflect on the issue and use the Internet to spread positivity and do away with discrediting others.
In the clip, the woman hit the elderly man’s car with a steering lock, spewed racist remarks and demanded RM2,000 for the damage to her car.
Sim, however, appeared calm and tried to sort out the matter amicably.
Siti had today made a public apology on four radio stations, Era.fm, Fly.fm, Hitz.fm and My.fm, with Sim forgiving her and promising not to press charges.